Monroe Township High School
Running for Community Service VP
Officer Candidate Test Score : 35/50
What do you believe is the biggest area of improvement NJ FBLA-PBL currently faces? How would you work to address this area?
While NJ FBLA has offered amazing opportunities for all of us, I believe that we are sorely missing one thing: unity. While there are incredible benefits that come with having many chapters, there is one downside: the lack of unity among our members. If elected, I would create new statewide events besides SLC to forge a new sense of community between all of chapters. While FBLA may be a career development club, NJ FBLA has forgotten how we ALSO can bring the whole club together to have a good time beyond competitions and academics. A new event I would instate would be Karaoke for a Cause, which combines FBLA's dedication to serving our community through March of Dimes and a great way to rally the entire state. Karaoke for Cause would be a karaoke night open to all chapters to participate with games, snacks and more! We must remember we are more than just competitors, we are a community first and foremost.
What will you do to increase the number of active chapters?
FBLA's countless advantages should reach every student so I will strive to provide the remarkable FBLA experience to as many schools as possible. If elected your next Vice President , I promise to communicate with all chapters, big or small, and address their every need to ensure their invaluable participation in NJ FBLA. Additionally, I would reach out to chapters that have lost activity in recent years to supply them with any resources they may need to start up once again. A task like this takes time and commitment which I guarantee I would dedicate as your next Vice President. Lastly, to help the growth of new chapters, I would make sure guidelines existing and thriving chapters used to build their membership were accessible to all new possible participants.
What leadership roles do you have inside and outside of FBLA-PBL and how have they shaped you?
When I first took on the leadership position in my own chapter, I had the most inevitable feeling: doubt. I doubted myself, my ideas, my abilities. No matter what I did I felt I was doomed for failure. But then the best feeling in the world happened, I surprised myself. I realized I am so much more capable than I ever imagined. Within my time as Secretary of Communications, I discovered my own ability to take on new challenges as they faced me and to channel my own passion into productive improvement whether it was increasing club participation or providing the best opportunities for each of our members. My position on my chapter's board has transformed me into the confident and capable leader I am today which makes me sure I am ready to be your next Vice President of Community Service.
How will you ensure chapters are encouraging and completing community service?
One of my main points in my platform is to motivate our membership to reach new and outstanding service-related goals. I want to ensure that each and every chapter has the necessary resources to organize exemplary community work. This includes any instructions or guidance required from me. Additionally, through effective state communication, I would push out templates of previous successful community service events done by our incredible chapters for beginning or smaller chapters to base future initiatives on. Lastly, to appreciate and encourage the great work done by our selfless FBLA members I would provide incentives such as giveaways and raffles with the spirit of friendly competition. It is essential that as Future Business Leaders of America, we have a responsibility to be upstanding members of our communities and our actual efforts is a true testament of that, so if elected as your next Vice President of Community Service, I would work tirelessly that NJ FBLA lives up to its responsibility.
What current state initiatives would you like to continue and/or what new state initiatives would you like to begin?
One new state initiative I want to bring to NJ FBLA is reaching out to our members directly. When creating new events or programs, the thoughts of our incredible members may get lost in the process. I want to seek out and address the input our members have in quarterly surveys that focus on the key elements of NJ FBLA such as community service, competitive events, membership benefits, etc. With these surveys, I hope to create the best possible NJ FBLA experience for each and every one of our members. Next, I want to elevate our commitment to giving back with new outreach programs with designated local charities based on the previously successful implementations of other chapters. For instance, my chapter, Monroe Township, has an annual Haunted High School in order to raise funds for the Mama Mare Breast Cancer Foundation. Our community service event can then replicate or inspire the efforts of another chapter to further support the foundation.